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Arborist Job Description

Arborists are landscapers who specialise in planting, maintaining, and removing trees or woody plants. Arborists use their physical climbing skills and knowledge of soil and tree biology to grow and maintain trees for landscaping companies, private clients or government organisations.

We are recruiting for a skilled Arborist to plant and maintain trees for our clients. As an Arborist, you will be responsible for consulting with clients on their landscaping needs, planting new trees, maintaining and pruning trees, and removing dead or unwanted trees. You may be required to monitor and maintain soil conditions, treat diseased trees, and apply pesticides.

To deliver success as an Arborist you should have in-depth knowledge of soil and tree biology, a good understanding of tree anatomy, and the physical strength to climb and cut tree limbs. Suitable Arborist maintains the health and attractiveness of a tree to meet the customer’s needs.

Arborist Responsibilities

  • Proven work experience as an Arborist.
  • Advanced knowledge of tree biology and tree anatomy.
  • Knowledge of soil biology and fertilizer compositions.
  • Familiarity with climbing equipment.
  • Ability to operate handsaws and mechanical devices.
  • Ability to work in all weather conditions and at heights.
  • Physically fit and able to lift heavy objects.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Botany, Biology, or Horticulture.

Arborist Requirements

  • Meet with clients to discuss their landscaping needs.
  • Assess soil and space requirements for new trees.
  • Plant new trees or woody plants.
  • Identify and treat diseased trees.
  • Trim tree branches and pruning trees.
  • Test and maintaining soil conditions.
  • Apply specialised tree fertilizers.
  • Apply pesticides if necessary.
  • Remove dead or unwanted trees.
  • Proven work experience as an Arborist.
  • Advanced knowledge of tree biology and tree anatomy.
  • Knowledge of soil biology and fertilizer compositions.
  • Familiarity with climbing equipment.
  • Ability to operate handsaws and mechanical devices.
  • Ability to work in all weather conditions and at heights.
  • Physically fit and able to lift heavy objects.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Botany, Biology, or Horticulture.

Personalising Your Arborist Job Description Advise

The hiring process and recruiting new employees to fill your key roles requires a degree of personalisation if you are to attract the best employees in a competitive employment market. The right person for a crucial role or more senior roles will likely have other employers targeting them. As your job description will be the first point of contact, you need to nail your pitch and provide the best possible service.

When creating your bespoke description and advert, you should cover and promote these points:

Job title: This should accurately reflect the role and include keywords that top talent might be using to search for jobs.

Job duties: The day to day duties, such as administrative tasks, which vary depending on the company and inform the candidate if they can complete the role.

Technical skills: These are the hard skills required through training, such as proficiency with Microsoft Office.

Soft skills: These include the interpersonal skills and general abilities the right candidates will possess. For example, the competency to prioritise multiple tasks, handle customer queries and customer complaints, work alone, or build a good relationship with coworkers.

The company’s culture: Highlighting your company culture and values ensures employees thrive and find outstanding job satisfaction. Candidates that are not the right fit won’t waste their time completing the application process, meaning you can focus on qualified individuals and hire in a more timely manner.

Career progression: Including the career path will entice candidates looking for career growth. 

Training and development programs: Smaller companies may need employees with previous experience or provide educational assistance over internal training offered by larger organisations with more significant resources. 

Employee benefits: Compensation and benefits often fail to appear in job ads and while you may want to hold your cards close to your chest, failing to include them is a mistake. Consider answering common questions, such as working hours and paid leave. Researching the average salary for the role in these early stages will ensure you don’t waste your interviewer’s and the candidate’s time.

Skill gaps: Your company may need to bring in new skills beyond those required to complete the key role and duties. Thinking on an organisational level can be beneficial when contemplating skills diversity.

Legal requirements: Ensure your job advert and description does not ask for inappropriate or discriminatory personal details, such as age, marital status, or religion.


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